Roadrunners in the NFL: Morgan’s first catch, Price gets raise

DAVID MORGAN II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

For the first time in his NFL career, David Morgan hauled in a pass from Sam Bradford midway through the second quarter of the Vikings’ Christmas Eve game against Green Bay, gaining four yards before being tackled by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. It was the rookie’s only target of the game.

Morgan was utilized on seven offensive snaps (9%) and seven special teams snaps (21%), the most since Week 2 prior to Rhett Ellison’s return from injury.

Minnesota Vikings Tight End Snap Chart

                       Off.      ST
Player          Pos Num Pct Num Pct
Kyle Rudolph     TE  75 96%   4 12%
Rhett Ellison    TE  21 27%  16 47%
David Morgan     TE   7  9%   7 21%

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Morgan also returned his second kickoff of the season, this one for 11 yards before being tackled by Jordan Tripp, bringing his career total up to 29 yards.

Here is an updated list of every yard gained in the NFL by UTSA alumni:

  • 10/27/2013 – Teddy Williams 51-yard reception (ARI vs ATL)
  • 10/16/2016 – Teddy Williams 19-yard interception return (CAR @ NO)
  • 12/11/2016 – David Morgan 18-yard kickoff return (MIN @ JAX)
  • 12/24/2016 – David Morgan 4-yard reception (MIN @ GB)
  • 12/24/2016 – David Morgan 11-yard kickoff return (MIN @ GB)

BRIAN PRICE

DT – Green Bay Packers – UTSA ’13-’15

Despite being released from the Packers active roster and spending the last ten weeks on their practice squad, former UTSA defensive tackle Brian Price has apparently garnered interest from multiple NFL teams in need of defensive line help, including the Indianapolis Colts.

In order to prevent Price from leaving Green Bay, his salary was increased to $26,470/week from the league minimum salary of $6,900/week.

INACTIVES

  • Ashaad Mabry – New Orleans Saints – Practice Squad
  • Brian Price – Green Bay Packers – Practice Squad
  • Teddy Williams – Carolina Panthers – Injured Reserve

NFL WEEK 17 MATCHUPS

Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) vs. Chicago Bears
Sunday, January 1 – Noon – FOX

 

Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 11

DAVID MORGAN II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

David Morgan failed to make the Vikings’ active roster for the second time in three weeks. UTSA’s first-ever draft pick has only seen action on five offensive snaps since incumbent blocking tight end Rhett Ellison returned from injury in Week 3.

Minnesota travels to Detroit for a Thanksgiving Day matchup this week, following their first win since Week 5.

INACTIVES

  • Ashaad Mabry – New Orleans Saints – Practice Squad
  • Brian Price – Green Bay Packers – Practice Squad
  • Teddy Williams – Carolina Panthers – Injured Reserve

NFL WEEK 12 MATCHUPS

  • Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) @ Detroit Lions – 11:30 am – CBS

 

Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 10

DAVID MORGAN II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

David Morgan was back on the active roster this week, but he failed to earn any snaps on offense and appeared in just 7 special teams plays (27%) during the Vikings’ 26-20 loss to the Redskins.

Minnesota has now lost four straight games after their Week 6 bye that they entered as the league’s last remaining undefeated team at 5-0.

INACTIVES

  • Ashaad Mabry – New Orleans Saints – Practice Squad
  • Brian Price – Green Bay Packers – Practice Squad
  • Teddy Williams – Carolina Panthers – Injured Reserve

NFL WEEK 11 MATCHUPS

  • Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) vs. Arizona Cardinals – Noon – FOX

 

Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 9

DAVID MORGAN II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

In Pat Shurmur’s first week in charge of the Vikings offense, David Morgan was named to the inactive list for the first time this season. Shurmur chose to use just two tight ends, receiver Kyle Rudolph and blocker Rhett Ellison, leaving Morgan and MyCole Pruitt on the outside looking in.

The one bright spot for Morgan fans came near the end of regulation when the Vikings ran a designed tight end handoff that saw Rhett Ellison score the first rushing touchdown of his career on his first-ever carry.

Why would this be good news for Morgan? Well, now we know Shurmur isn’t afraid to give the ball to the supposed blocking tight end, and Ellison showed that he perhaps shouldn’t be trusted with such a role when he fumbled the ball just after crossing the goal line.

If Shurmur prefers having two multi-faceted tight ends rather than the strict receiving/blocking roles that Norv Turner used then we may see Morgan start getting more of the TE2 snaps going forward.

Earlier this week, the Vikings waived MyCole Pruitt and signed him to the practice squad. Shurmur and his staff must feel confident enough in either Ellison or Morgan as a pass-catching tight end since Pruitt was largely seen as Rudolph’s backup in that role.

INACTIVES

  • Ashaad Mabry – New Orleans Saints – Practice Squad
  • Brian Price – Green Bay Packers – Practice Squad
  • Teddy Williams – Carolina Panthers – Injured Reserve

NFL WEEK 10 MATCHUPS

  • Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) @ Washington Redskins – Noon – FOX

Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 8

DAVID MORGAN II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

It was another disappointing week for fans of David Morgan, as the sixth-round draft pick only saw the field for two offensive snaps (3%) and five special teams snaps (19%) in the Vikings’ Monday night loss to the Bears.

It was a slight improvement over last week when all of the blocking tight end snaps went to incumbent Rhett Ellison, but it’s also the second straight week with less than 20% of snaps featuring two tight ends.

Minnesota Vikings Tight End Snap Chart

                      Off.     ST
Player          Pos Num Pct Num Pct
Kyle Rudolph     TE  57 93%   2  8%
Rhett Ellison    TE   9 15%  17 65%
David Morgan     TE   2  3%   5 19%

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But the big news after the game was the resignation of offensive coordinator Norv Turner. While Turner was a big proponent of tight ends and the two-TE system, his replacement Pat Shurmur won’t be much different.

Shurmur’s familiarity with the unit may also work in Morgan’s favor, as he spent the first half of the season coaching tight ends and was likely involved in the decision to draft Morgan in April.

TEDDY WILLIAMS

CB/ST – Carolina Panthers – UTSA (Track) ’06-’10

Teddy Williams was placed on injured reserve by the Panthers last Friday with a left knee injury, effectively ending his season.

Read more: Teddy Williams placed on injured reserve

INACTIVES

  • Ashaad Mabry – New Orleans Saints – Practice Squad
  • Brian Price – Green Bay Packers – Practice Squad
  • Teddy Williams – Carolina Panthers – Injured Reserve

NFL WEEK 9 MATCHUPS

  • Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) vs. Detroit Lions – Noon – FOX